Canada at War: POLITICS: A Lively Parliament

With only straggling general election returns still to come (some had to be brought by canoe from polls in the far north), the new Canadian Parliament's 245 seats were divided, at week's end, like this: 128 Liberals (including seven "Independent Liberals" from Quebec), 67 Progressive Conservatives, 28 CCFers, 13 Social Crediters, six Independents, two Bloc Populaire, one Labor Progressive (Communist).* It meant that the 20th Parliament will be livelier than its predecessor.

The election left Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and his Liberals conveniently in the middle of the road: when policy puts him under attack from the Tory,...

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